5 Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

MARCH 14, 2016
Rachel Lutz
The risk for erectile dysfunction (ED) increases as men age, but the condition isn’t inevitable.

Around 22% of men older than 60 years and about 30% of men older than 70 years have ED, according to a urologist with Texas A&M University. Aside from age, the following 5 factors can increase a man’s odds of developing ED.

1. Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions such as heart disease could be the cause of ED. However, health care providers should keep in mind that ED symptoms may present before heart disease-related symptoms.

For example, atherosclerosis is the most common cause of ED, and it can serve as a warning sign for events like stroke or heart attack. Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, and Peyronie’s disease are some other medical conditions that can increase the risk for ED.

2. Medications

Antidepressants, antihistamines, and blood pressure medications may exacerbate ED symptoms, especially if they are taken regularly for extended periods of time. These drugs may affect hormones, nerves, or blood circulation, which can all contribute to and increase the risk for ED.

The Texas A&M urologist advised patients to consult a physician if they believe that their medications are the root of the cause of their ED.

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